Sports That Matters
August 6, 2019
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS
Rick Porcello pitched six innings of one-run ball, Sam Travis hit a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox halted their eight-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Rafael Devers added a solo shot for the Red Sox. Travis’ gave Boston a homer in a club-record 18 straight games in Fenway Park. The old mark was set in 1969.
Rookie Bo Bichette homered and scored both runs, Jacob Waguespack pitched six impressive innings and the Toronto Blue Jays ended Tampa Bay’s six-game winning streak, beating the Rays 2-0 Monday night.
Bichette opened the game with a double off Charlie Morton, the sixth straight game in which he has doubled. He hit his third home run leading off the third.
The New York Yankees have blasted their way into the major league record book with another show of power at Camden Yards.
With five home runs Monday night, the Yankees now have hit 32 at the Baltimore Orioles’ home ballpark this year. That’s the most homers hit in a single season by a visiting team in any stadium, breaking the mark of 29 set by the Milwaukee Braves at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field in 1957.
Austin Romine and Brett Gardner connected for New York before Mike Tauchman set the record in the sixth inning with the team’s 30th at Camden Yards, an opposite-field drive to left field off Branden Kline. Tauchman homered again in the eighth, as did Mike Ford, to increase the mark to 32.
Jeff McNeil welcomed Robert Dugger to the major leagues with a home run on his first pitch, Jacob deGrom gave himself a cushion with a two-run single off the 24-year-old rookie and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 in the opener of a Monday’s twi-night doubleheader to reach .500 for the first time since late May.
Miguel Sano’s pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
Sano’s 19th home run of the season went an estimated 443 feet off reliever Chris Martin, hitting high off the wall in center field.
Javier Baez hit two of Chicago’s four homers and the Cubs’ bullpen barely held on without Craig Kimbrel, closing out a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Ian Happ and Nicholas Castellanos also connected as Chicago improved to 40-18 at home with its fourth straight win. It was Castellanos’ first homer since he was acquired in a trade with Detroit on Wednesday.
The Cubs are counting on their depth to help them stay on top of the NL Central until Kimbrel and Willson Contreras return from injuries. Kimbrel was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game with right knee inflammation, and Contreras is expected to miss four weeks after an MRI showed a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Lucas Giolito didn’t have his best stuff against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. His manager loved the way he responded.
Giolito allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings, good enough to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Tigers 7-4.
Christian Yelich keeps pushing to new heights. Yelich hit two home runs and took over the major league lead with 39, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
All-Star Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers finally exhaled after the trade deadline. They haven’t lost since catching their breath.
Minor struck out seven over seven innings — allowing one runner to reach third base — and combined with Jesse Chavez and Jose Leclerc to shut down the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Monday night.
Nomar Mazara drove in Elvis Andrus with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, providing all the offense the Rangers needed to extend their win streak to five and remain on the periphery of the American League wild card race.
A red-hot Luis Castillo and slumping Los Angeles Angels offense added up to a career night for Cincinnati’s ace.
Castillo struck out a career-high 13 and the Reds scored five first-inning runs on their way to a 7-4 interleague win over Los Angeles on Monday night.
Vince Velasquez allowed two runs in a season-high seven innings and Scott Kingery homered in his hometown ballpark, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
Velasquez (4-6) gave up six hits, struck out three and got help from a running catch in left field by Adam Haseley with a runner on and two outs in the seventh, taking a hit away from Arizona’s Carson Kelly. Jean Segura drove in two runs for the Phillies.
Erick Fedde pitched six innings to win for the first time in eight starts and Anthony Rendon’s early run-scoring single held up as the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Monday night.
Rendon’s single in the third put the Nationals ahead, with Adam Eaton starting the two-out effort with a single and scoring from first with aggressive baserunning. Rendon showed off his own snazzy footwork with a steal of home in the ninth.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
The Auburn Tigers have been on quite the hot streak on the recruiting trail since the beginning of June, adding six ESPN four-stars, including five in the ESPN 300, to the 2020 recruiting class.
On Sunday, No. 71 overall Christopher Thompson Jr. added to the impressive run by committing to Auburn over Texas.
Georgia outside linebacker Brenton Cox, a former five-star recruit who was battling for a starting job this season, has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, sources told ESPN on Monday.
Cox played in 13 of 14 games last season and finished with 20 tackles. He had a career-high six tackles in Georgia’s 28-21 loss to Texas in the Allstate Sugar Bowl after starting in place of injured starter D’Andre Walker.
UConn football coach Randy Edsall believes one of the NCAA’s favorite terms, “student-athlete,” is disingenuous and outdated. The veteran coach said it’s inevitable and overdue for college sports to start giving players a chance to make money.
Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his hand, according to multiple reports. The speedy Schwartz, who reportedly injured the hand during Sunday’s practice, is projected to be a key contributor this year for the Auburn offense.
Former Central Michigan offensive coordinator Chris Ostrowsky has joined new Georgia Tech coach Gofff Collins’ staff as a senior offensive advisor.
Ostrowsky coached at Central Michigan the last two seasons following five seasons as Northern Michigan’s coach.
Central Michigan quarterback Shane Morris threw for 27 touchdowns, second-most in school history, and 3,237 yards under Ostrowsky in 2017.
Art Briles was back at his roots Monday, coaching a high football team in Texas after a season in Italy and more than three years after the two-time Big 12 champion coach was fired by Baylor in the wake of a sexual assault scandal.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE NEWS
After a disappointing stint with the rebuilding New York Rangers, Kevin Shattenkirk now gets a legitimate shot at a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team announced that it has signed the defenseman to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Shattenkirk, 30, played 119 games with the Rangers over the past two seasons, scoring 51 points (7 goals, 44 assists) with a minus-29. But his game never recovered after an injury-filled first season with the team, and his 1.4 shooting percentage last season was the worst of his career.
The Arizona Coyotes signed goalie Adin Hill to a one-year, two-way contract Saturday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
The 23-year-old Hill was 7-5 with a .901 save percentage, 2.76 goals-against average and one shutout in 13 games for Arizona last season. He was 16-19-2 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA in 36 games for the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.
“We are pleased to get Adin signed,” general manager John Chayka said. “He’s a big, talented goaltender who has improved each season. We look forward to watching his development this year.”
The Buffalo Sabres have avoided arbitration rulings by reaching agreements to sign defenseman Jake McCabe and goalie Linus Ullmark.
McCabe agreed to a two-year, $5.7 million contract Saturday, a day before his scheduled hearing. Ullmark agreed to a one-year, $1.325 million contract a day after his hearing but before an arbitrator issued a decision.